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Cove Road Beach Closed Due to Elevated Bacteria Levels

Bivalve, MD – Cove Road Beach, located in Bivalve, MD, is closed due to elevated bacteria levels. These elevated levels are typically seen after prolonged periods of heavy rainfall. It will be re-sampled and announced when the Cove Road Beach is safe to open again.

Children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with a weakened immune system are most likely to get sick from swimming in contaminated water. They are also most likely to become seriously ill from exposure to waterborne illnesses.

Exposure to bacteria, viruses, and parasites in contaminated water can cause symptoms and diseases ranging from ear, nose, and eye infections to diarrhea, vomiting, hepatitis, encephalitis, skin rashes, and respiratory illnesses. You can reduce your risk of getting sick by following these tips:

· Pay attention to contamination and advisory warnings and stay out of polluted water.

· Avoid swimming at beaches after heavy rainfall.

· Stay out of murky or foul-smelling water.

· Avoid beach water if you have an open wound or infection.

· Swim without putting your head under water.

For questions, residents may call the Department of Environmental Health at (410) 546- 4446. For more information on beach closings, visit the Wicomico County Health Department’s website at www.wicomicohealth.org and follow @WicomicoHealth on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.

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